I had drunk some plum brandy the other night and ended up - in the balcony -wearing my bow tie and my underwear. I kept shouting until everyone in the building took notice and started gathering at their windows or in the yard. It seems that I banned parties, pets, babies, drills, TV sound, cuckoo clocks, loud sex, rug, wife and schnitzel beating altogether, as well as high heeled shoes. As they started to boo loudly, I erased everyone's debts. This felt amazing. Today, however, as I was on my way to take out the trash, one of the neighbours, all smiles, greeted me with "How's our president today?"
(Translated by Elena Florea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)
Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In June 2021, the group has 6.650 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)
Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.